Bas C van Fraassen *Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective*

p. 40 *‘Of course the story is apocryphal, that a professional gambler funded a mathematician to analyze horse-racing, and was thoroughly unhappy with the report that began “Let each horse be a perfect sphere, rolling along a Euclidean straight line …”. But is that so far from real examples of mathematical modeling*?’

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**See also**:

Simulation Hypothesis and Simulation Technology

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